- Picture of a blue jay*
- Picture of a gray bird*
- Picture of a fountain*
- Picture of a nest*
- Straw or string
- Egg word-cards*
- Go Away, Blue Jay! target text*
*Items included below.
State and Model the Objective
The children will keep a blue jay away from a gray bird’s nest and will read and write words that end with -ay, such as away, stay, play, spray, may, and day.
Tell a blue jay to stay away
- Show the children a picture of a blue jay and explain to the children that blue jays sometimes steal eggs from other birds’ nests.
- Read the Go Away, Blue Jay! target text (found below) with the children.
- Have the children act out the text using photographs and the pictures found below.
- Let the children make a “Go away!” sign and hold up the sign while they chase the blue jay away.
Gather eggs with -ay words
- Place the egg word-cards (found below) around the room.
- Have the children build a nest with pretend hay (straw or string).
- Let the children gather the word cards and have them read the words.
- Let the children put the cards in the nest made of hay.
Read target words in texts
- Engage the children in reading the Go Away, Blue Jay! target text with you.
- Have the children make a list of the words that end with -ay.
- Read the text again, fading support.
Write about the activity using target words
- Let the children write words from dictation (e.g., away, stay, clay, day, lay, clay, gray, spray, may, pay, say, way, sway).
- Have the children write about chasing a blue jay away from the gray bird’s nest of hay and letting the gray bird stay.
SEEL Target Texts
Go Away, Blue Jay!
Stay Away, Blue Jay